Joe Bruno on the Mob – Crooked Cops Stink on Ice

There’s hardly anything worse than a crooked cop, and it seems that the New York City Police Department has more crooked cops then they’d like to admit.

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It all came to light when narcotics Detective Steven Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, admitted in court that he was involved in “flaking” or planting drugs on innocent people just to improve his record of arrests, and the arrest record of fellow narcotics detective
Henry Tavarez.

Anderson said on the witness stand in Brooklyn Supreme Court, “Tavarez was worried about getting sent back to patrol and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case. I had decided to give him the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy. As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division.”

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Anderson then dropped a bombshell when Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson, “Did you observe with some frequency this practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?”

Anderson answered, “Yes, multiple times. It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators. It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

Because of the actions of Anderson, Taveras and several other narcotic detectives, 300 drug arrests by the NYPD had to be tossed out because of the corrupt narcotics squads. And as a result, New York City has been forced to pay out damages to the innocent people who had the drugs planted on them. The total amount paid out so far is $1.2 million. And this money came right out of the New York City taxpayer pockets.

The question that begs to be asked is just how far does this corruption go up the ladder of the NYPD. Were these crooked cops’s actions approved by their supervisors, or were the supervisors just lax, or incompetent in the handling of their underlings?

Any answer to the above questions is not good for the New York City Police Department, where the vast majority of the police officers are doing their jobs in an honest and fair manner.

It’s time for the NYPD, and it starts with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, to step up the supervision and surveillance of it’s own men, especially when narcotics is involved. There has always been a “blue wall of silence” when it comes to cops ratting out other cops, and it time for this wall to be torn down for good.

Otherwise, the next time it could be you, or me, who gets unjustly thrown in jail because some crooked cop needed to meet his arrest quota.

The articles below can be seen at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/10/13/2011-10-13_excop_we_fabricated_drug_raps_for_quotas.html

and

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/10/16/2011-10-16_bad_busts_cost_12m_city_paid_big_to_settle_false_drugarrest_lawsuits.html

We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies

BY John Marzulli
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

“Tavarez was … was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.

“I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy,” Anderson testified last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

He made clear he wasn’t about to pass off the two legit arrests he had made in the bar to Tavarez.

“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” he said.

NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Anderson worked in the Queens and Brooklyn South narcotics squads and was called to the stand at Arbeeny’s bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn’t limited to a single squad.

“Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?” Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson.

“Yes, multiple times,” he replied.

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” he said.

“It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

The city paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit by Jose Colon and his brother Maximo, who were falsely arrested by Anderson and Tavarez. A surveillance tape inside the bar showed they had been framed.

A federal judge presiding over the suit said the NYPD’s plagued by “widespread falsification” by arresting officers.

Bad busts cost city $1.2M in settlements for NYPD’s false drug-arrest lawsuits

BY John Marzulli
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Sunday, October 16th 2011, 4:00 AM

Nearly 300 drug arrests by the NYPD had to be tossed due to corrupt narcotics squads.

The city has paid more than $1.2 million to settle false arrest lawsuits involving eight undercover cops charged with corruption in the NYPD Brooklyn South and Queens narcotics squads, the Daily News has learned.

Prosecutors have also been left to clean up the mess created by detectives accused of planting drugs on innocent victims – a practice known as “flaking.” Some detectives were accused of fabricating the circumstances surrounding busts.

Nearly 300 drug arrests had to be tossed in Brooklyn and Queens, most of them made by Brooklyn South narcs tainted by their false testimony and shredded credibility.

Two major drug probes in Queens were also derailed by the corruption probe, a spokesman for District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The settlements paid by the city in two dozen state and federal suits reviewed by The News ranged from $15,000 to $300,000. In addition, Detective Jason Arbeeny – now on trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court – was forced to hand over $750 out of his own pocket to settle a case, according to court records.

Brooklyn lawyer Leo Glickman, who has represented dozens of plaintiffs who claimed they were falsely arrested on drug charges, said the NYPD ignores warning signs of corruption.

“These [indicted] officers were unlucky enough to get caught on surveillance tape or audio tape, and then the Police Department was forced to act,” the lawyer said.

Glickman said the NYPD should be carefully monitoring drug arrests that are dismissed by prosecutors for possible patterns of misconduct.

“The biggest problem in the Police Department, it seems to me, is the lack of accountability,” he said.

An NYPD spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

The Brooklyn South scandal came to light when Detective Sean Johnstone, unaware that his hidden wire was recording, was caught on tape bragging that he had seized 28 bags of coke but vouchered only 17. Investigators later learned the undercover cops were flaking suspects from their illicit stash.

Johnstone was indicted along with Sgt. Michael Arenella and Detectives Jerry Bowens and Julio Alvarez in June 2008.

Around the same time, Johnstone was blabbing on the tape, Queens narcs Stephen Anderson and Henry Tavarez were flaking innocent victims with drugs in a Queens bar, proven by surveillance footage in the bar.

Anderson pleaded guilty and began cooperating with authorities. He testified recently at the trial of Arbeeny, a Brooklyn South narcotics detective, that lying, falsifying and flaking were common occurrences driven by arrest quotas and the desire to earn overtime.

He also implicated veteran undercover cop Adolph Osback, and at least one other officer whose name is being withheld by The News because he remains under investigation.

Detectives Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said the vast majority of narcotics cops risking their lives every day are victims of the scandal, too.

“By his own admission, Anderson is clearly involved in wrongdoing, but it’s disgraceful that to justify his own actions, he decided to attack the integrity and credibility of his hardworking fellow narcotics detectives,” Palladino said.

Johnstone was convicted of felony conspiracy, and Arenella of official misconduct. Both were fired. Tavarez also pleaded guilty, and Alvarez was acquitted after a bench trial. Osback is awaiting trial in Brooklyn and Queens.

Bowens murdered his girlfriend after he was arrested and is serving a 40-year prison sentence.

http://www.josephbrunowriter.com/index.html

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